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The other side of bipolar: Revealing your strengths to move beyond the diagnosis

Lauren Polly

The other side of bipolar: Revealing your strengths to move beyond the diagnosis


The other side of bipolar is a personal account written by Lauren Polly, an American.

Lauren received a diagnosis of bipolar at the age of 14, after a suicide attempt. She spent the next 16 years of her life struggling with her illness and in fear of being sectioned in a psychiatric hospital.

Similarly to many of us who have received a diagnosis of bipolar, Polly initially finds it hard to come to terms with her illness and diagnosis. “I thought this was a temporary role – not a lifetime sentence,” she writes.

The first half of The other side of bipolar focuses on Lauren’s early life and warning – it can be a painful read, as she clearly struggles. It is in the second half of the book when Lauren begins exploring different options and starts turning a corner.

As the reader, you are willing Lauren on. While some of her experiences are unconventional and ‘out there’ as she writes about naked yoga and past life awareness, it is a big hearted book which contains nuggets of wisdom.

The other side of bipolar is ultimately a hopeful read that shows how Lauren manages life and her ambitions beyond her bipolar diagnosis.

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Copies in our library:

Bipolar Edinburgh maintains a small library of books, CDs and DVDs. To borrow from the library you need to have attended at least two group meetings and registered your contact information with the group facilitators. We normally allow people to borrow items for two months, but please bring them back earlier if possible.

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